Mostly known for its printheads that can be embedded in industrial 3D printers – as seen in dp polar’s new machine – XAAR is now enhancing practical production capabilities with AM through ultra-high viscosity technology.
By focussing on the combination of inkjetting capabilities and high-viscosity durable materials, the company wants to enable faster speed and better material control.
It explains that it first looked at the historical background to the limitation of inkjet technology’s use and highlights how the latest printhead innovations are enabling a much wider range of fluid viscosities to be printed at around 100 centipoises (cP) at jetting temperature, equating to approximately 1000cP at ambient temperature.
Its findings have been summarized in the White Paper, titled, ‘Pushing the boundaries of inkjet technology with high viscosity printing’ – available on its website.
This capability is increasing the relevance and practicability of inkjet technology across a variety of new printing, coating, advanced and additive manufacturing applications, the company notes.
Mike Seal, Xaar’s Head of Advanced Applications, Technologies and Fluids, said; “Ultra High Viscosity Technology offers a wide range of new 3D and Additive Manufacturing possibilities which are really as wide as the customer can think of. We’re giving people a new tool to create better products and with Ultra High Viscosity transforming 3D printing by enabling extra material properties that aren’t possible with other inkjet printheads.”
Xaar sees its Ultra High Viscosity Technology as providing an opportunity for manufacturers to transition to inkjet, giving a digital advantage of small batch turnaround and mass customisation, opening up a number of new client sectors without the need for wasteful and cost-inefficient minimum order quantities.
Seal added: “With inkjet technology the only difference between your final prototype and your product, is just the number you produce.”
The dedicated Advanced Applications Team at Xaar works with all its customers to explore new applications and technologies, and their 5-step process helps manufacturers find solutions for a wide range of industries and applications.
Mike concludes: “From enabling 3D printing on a truly industrial scale, to the mass customisation of 3D printed parts, we are excited to show customers how Xaar’s Ultra High Viscosity Technology can take them from an initial conversation through to full commercialisation.”
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